A FORMBY first aider has passed a teacher training qualification that is now required when teaching lifesaving skills to others.
Ernie Bowyer (pictured) is a schools liaison officer for St John Ambulance, and along with 30 other trainers he has successfully completed a PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector).
The qualification was earned in partnership with Knowsley Community College via City and Guilds and essentially allows Ernie to continue doing what he has done for many years.
He explained: “I have been teaching first aid for more than 25 years and had a training certificate with St John Ambulance.
“But new Government regulations meant that was not sufficient and we needed to complete a teacher training course, which we started in January of this year.”
Ernie regularly takes first aid courses at schools and colleges and also teaches from the St John Ambulance headquarters in Southport.
There is a new series of three-hour courses now available, including Family First Aid, and courses both with and without resuscitation.
Ernie added: “First aid is such an important factor in our lives – even the simplest thing like putting someone in the wrong position can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.
“And we hear so much about the dangers associated with violence and drug taking – I always ask all the young people I work with to be careful and to consider the risks involved in their lifestyle.”
For details on local first aid courses, you can contact St John Ambulance’s regional headquarters on 0151 298 2838.